Formed in 1988, Buffalo born/Tampa raised Cannibal Corpse have become legendary in the death metal community and have been banned in three countries because of their gore obsessed lyrics and are unable to play anything from their first three albums when they play in Germany. The band debuted in 1990 with Eaten back to life
and have since then they have dominated and scared people with more releases. Now with more line up changes they are as solid as ever in 2006 as fans await their upcoming release Kill
I have recently become a Cannibal Corpse fan in the past month, and I have come to realise that being a "fan" of Cannibal Corpse seems to be different from me being a "fan" of any other band. Since I heard ***ed With A Knife
from their 1994 release The Bleeding
I just had to get more of their material. I was just getting into Death metal at the time and I seemed to have jumped in deep here, two of my friends who normally share my musical tastes were disgusted by the lyrical content of certain songs. I found it fascinating and at times really humorous. Also from listening to their entire recording history I have come to find that the Bleeding
is one of my favourite releases. I looked more closely into this album simply to compare Corpsegrinder to Barnes as I had seen many arguments about who was the better vocalist. And although I find George Fishers vocals cooler I am still drawn to Barnes work on this record that kind of stood out to me.
The Album explodes open with Staring through the eyes of the dead
this got my attention quickly with that catchy main riff on the guitars, and then the vocals come in with the blast beats. Its a genius way to kick off this album before going onto the second track, the one that got me interested in the band ***ed with a knife
this is followed by one of my favourite Corpse songs Stripped, Raped and Strangled
From this moment on the album is just amazing. The songs becoming incredibly gory and at times catchy such as Pulverised
the album ends with An Experiment in Homicide
which kicks off straight away and closes the album well, it starts brutal and ends brutal.
I really think it is great that Barnes was able to go out on such good form, as the next release Vile
was to be with Corpsegrinder. The vocals are awesome throughout this album where as I find them lacking in earlier releases. I would highly suggest that any fan of Death Metal should check this album out as it stands significant in my cd collection and I love it from start to finish. Although parts of songs may sound repetitive in guitar work (for about a second) it is still a great release, with some damn good gore lyrics.
Recommended Tracks for downloading:
Stripped, Raped and Strangled
***ed with a knife
She was asking for it
As nothing is that perfect :)